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HARTFORD PARKING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES RATE INCREASE WITHIN NEWLY ESTABLISHED DOWNTOWN CENTRAL ZONE

HARTFORD PARKING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES RATE INCREASE WITHIN NEWLY ESTABLISHED DOWNTOWN CENTRAL ZONE

HARTFORD, CONN (July 2, 2019) – HARTFORD – July 22, 2019 –The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) announced today that on-street metered parking rates in the central downtown area will increase from $1 to $2 per hour effective Monday, August 5. The new Downtown Central Zone encompasses the area from Ann Uccello Street to Prospect Street to the east, and from Church Street to Wells Street to the south, and is comprised of 16 streets with a total of 480 on-street parking spaces. 

During the weekend prior to Monday, August 5, HPA will update all on-street Woonerf app and kiosk signs to reflect the new three-digit zone within the above-mentioned area. Once complete and operational, the new zone will support both the downtown merchant base and a strong plan that meets the City’s needs for parking spaces and revenues for the next decade and beyond. The goals are to promote on-street parking availability, and reduce traffic congestion in the downtown area that is caused by double parking and vehicles circling to find on-street spaces. 

The parking rate on fringe streets surrounding the Downtown Central Zone will remain at $1 per hour, allowing those who want to take advantage of the lower rate structure to continue to do so.

About Hartford Parking Authority

The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) meets the needs of parkers Citywide by consistently providing convenient and affordable parking and strives to be a leader by incorporating parking industry best practices and actively partnering with the City of Hartford in promoting economic and community development. The HPA oversees metered and regulated parking spaces on Hartford streets, as well as operates and maintains the MAT Garage, Sheldon Street Lots and Downtown North Surface Lots. For more information, contact the Hartford Parking Authority at 860-527-7275 or visit www.hartfordparking.com.

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HARTFORD ADDS COOLINGS CENTERS FOR EXPECTED HOT WEATHER

HARTFORD ADDS COOLINGS CENTERS FOR EXPECTED HOT WEATHER

HARTFORD, CONN (July 18, 2019) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management Reginald Freeman, Health and Human Services Director Liany Arroyo, and Hartford Public Library CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey discussed the importance of limiting exposure to heat, staying well hydrated, and announced additional cooling centers this weekend, when temperatures are expected be around 100 degrees and more than 50,000 visitors are expected in Hartford.  Full information on cooling centers and tips to stay safe during hot weather are available here or by clicking the banner on Hartford.gov.

“We have another weekend packed with events in Hartford, and we want residents and visitors to enjoy everything going on, from the largest free jazz festival in New England to concerts and the circus,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “But it’s going to be very hot, and we’re encouraging everyone to stay hydrated and stay out of the heat, especially in the afternoon when it’s hottest.  We will have cooling centers open on both Saturday and Sunday, and our pools and splash pads will be available for families as well.  Our city departments, our partners at the Hartford Public Library, and our community partners will be working hard to promote a safe, healthy, and fun weekend in our Capital City.” 

“Hartford Public Library is proud to work with the city and other community partners to keep people cool during this heat wave, just as we serve as a warming center during winter,” said Hartford Public Library CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey.  “Anyone who needs to come in and cool off is welcome.  We will have ample supplies of cool water at all locations this Friday and Saturday. We may extend this service into next week, depending on weather conditions.  The library receives over 800,000 visits annually and we are equipped and ready to provide relief to those seeking an escape from this extreme heat.  For locations, hours and events visit www.hplct.org.”

The City of Hartford will be opening Parker Memorial Community Center and Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center on Sunday, July 21st between 12 noon – 8 PM, in addition to those same regularly scheduled hours on Saturday.  Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Avenue will also be open on Sunday between 11 AM – 7 PM as a cooling center.  The Hartford Fire Department’s Special Services Unit will be passing out water bottles at bus stops, shelters, parks and playgrounds throughout the city starting at 10 AM on Saturday and 11 AM on Sunday.

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HARTFORD REMINDS RESIDENTS OF THEIR RIGHTS

HARTFORD REMINDS RESIDENTS OF THEIR RIGHTS

HARTFORD, CONN (July 12, 2019) – Today City of Hartford leaders reminded all residents of their rights as they relate to interactions with federal authorities and encouraged them to use the State of Connecticut’s Family Preparedness Plan.  News reports indicate that the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are planning raids targeting undocumented families in a number of cities across the country beginning this Sunday, though Hartford has not been mentioned among the cities where raids are expected.  City officials directed residents to WeHaveRights.US, a multi-lingual website by various civil liberties organizations with videos and instructions for interacting with federal immigration authorities.  Connecticut’s Family Preparedness Plan is available here in nine languages. 

“President Trump’s apparent decision to move forward with these raids targeting families is shameful, it’s a waste of resources, and it’s designed to create fear – not make America stronger,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “We do not have any indication that these raids will be taking place in Hartford, but we want our residents to know their rights, and to use the State’s Family Preparedness Plan.  Targeting families, including potentially families with children who are citizens, will do nothing to make our country safer – it will make us weaker.”

“We are a welcoming city of immigrants and the most important thing we can do is ensure city residents are prepared and know their rights,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.  “There are resources in the community available to support and educate residents.  Please share and support community members.” 

“Our immigrant community deserves to know their rights,” said City Council Minority Leader Wildaliz Bermudez. “Efforts such as WeHaveRights will help those most in need during these trying times.”

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HARTFORD RECUERDA A LOS RESIDENTES DE SUS DERECHOS

HARTFORD, CONN (12 de julio de 2019) – Hoy los líderes de la ciudad de Hartford les recuerda a todos los residentes sus derechos en relación con las interacciones con las autoridades federales y los alentaron a usar el Plan de Preparación Familiar del Estado de Connecticut.  Los informes de noticias indican que los funcionarios federales de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas están planeando redadas dirigidas a familias indocumentadas en varias ciudades de todo el país a partir de este domingo, aunque Hartford no ha sido mencionado entre las ciudades donde se esperan incursiones.  Funcionarios de la ciudad dirigieron a los residentes a WeHaveRights.US, un sitio web en varios idiomas por varias organizaciones de libertades civiles con videos e instrucciones para interactuar con las autoridades federales de inmigración.  El Plan de Preparación Familiar de Connecticut está disponible aquí en nueve idiomas.

"La aparente decisión del presidente Trump de seguir adelante con estas redadas dirigidas a las familias es vergonzosa, es un desperdicio de recursos y está diseñada para crear miedo, no para fortalecer a Estados Unidos", dijo el alcalde Luke Bronin.  "No tenemos ninguna indicación de que estas redadas se llevarán a cabo en Hartford, pero queremos que nuestros residentes conozcan sus derechos y que utilicen el Plan de Preparación para la Familia del Estado.  Dirigirse a las familias, incluidas las familias potencialmente con niños que son ciudadanos, no hará nada para que nuestro país sea más seguro, sino que nos debilitará".

"Somos una ciudad acogedora de inmigrantes y lo más importante que podemos hacer es asegurar que los residentes de la ciudad estén preparados y conozcan sus derechos", dijo Glendowlyn L.H. Thames, presidenta del Ayuntamiento.  "Hay recursos en la comunidad disponibles para apoyar y educar a los residentes.  Por favor, comparta y apoye a los miembros de la comunidad".

"Nuestra comunidad inmigrante merece conocer sus derechos", dijo el Líder Minoritario del Ayuntamiento Wildaliz Bermúdez. "Esfuerzos como WeHaveRights ayudarán a los más necesitados durante estos tiempos difíciles".

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